100 Years Ago: Canadian Casualties, Belleville’s 254th Battalion Draft Leaves, Bill Wallace Invalided Home, Canadian Defence Force Needs 50,000 Men, Ad for Gillette Safety Razor, Thomas Keegan Is Wounded

The Intelligencer April 24, 1917 (page 1)

“Casualties Among Canadian Troops. WOUNDED—A. Fuller, Belleville; J. McEwen, Springbrook; D. Fraser, Frankford; P. Pylott, Madoc; G. Kimmett, Marlbank; W. H. Thomas, Bancroft; H. R. Lake, Bancroft; J. L. O’Rourke, Madoc; H. B. Stewart, Madoc; J. Brown, Madoc.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville’s Draft for Overseas Service Leave. A draft of 50 members of the 254th Battalion, of Belleville, was made to the 253rd Battalion, of Kingston, which is about to leave for overseas service. At 5.30 yesterday afternoon the men left the armories here and entrained at the Grand Trunk Railway station for Kingston. A number of the officers and members of the 254th Battalion accompanied their comrades to the station.

The ladies who are members of the Argyle Chapter, I. O. D. E. of this city, provided the men with a lunch, which act was much appreciated.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. W. Wallace, son of Mrs. James Wallace, arrived at his home this afternoon. He was wounded severely last fall, and since that time has been in a hospital in England. ‘Bill’, as he was familiarly called, went overseas with the 39th Battalion, 2nd Contingent, as a Private, and since then won the rank of Lieutenant in England.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1917 (page 3)

“Canadian Defence Force Recruiting Now. All Canadians must thrill with pride when they read of the effective work which their countrymen have recently been doing on the western front. The capture of Vimy Ridge will live in Canadian history as one of the most notable achievements of armies of all times, and those who took part in it will be among the most honored of men.

But there are many in Canada who will regret that they were unable to take part in such a glorious undertaking. …  The government has recognized that there are many men in this position. It has, therefore, decided on a plan for a Canadian Defence Force of 50,000 men. The need for men on the firing line is so great that all the overseas troops in Canada are being hastened across the Atlantic as quickly as possible. …

To fill the places of these men who have hitherto undertaken the duty of defending Canada, the Government has decided to issue a call to these men who have been unable to go overseas, and as an opportunity is now laid before them of serving Canada at home. Men, physically fit, are required for this Canadian Defence Force, and they are needed at once. …

Terms of enlistment are the same as for overseas service, pay, equipment, clothing and subsistence are the same too, and separation allowances are given in the cases of married men. …  the Government is conducting the advertising campaign in the press in which it explains the plan, and lays before the people the need for such a force. …

It is expected that the young men will be quick to come forward and grasp this opportunity of serving Canada and the Empire.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1917 (page 5)

“Checkmate at Verdun A Year Ago. On the grim slopes of Le Mort Homme and Douaumont, a year ago this month, Generals Nivelle and Petain broke Germany’s offensive power and decisively turned back the tide of victory. French readiness, mobility and speed—typified in their wonderful ‘seventy-fives’—proved that in spite of disadvantages the Hunnish hordes could be conquered.

In the humbler but yet important sphere of personal comfort, our fighting men have been well and truly served by the same qualities of readiness, mobility and speed—embodied in the Gillette Safety Razor. They have proved that under all the disadvantages of life in billets and trenches, a clean, refreshing shave is always ready for the lucky owner of a Gillette. All he needs is soap, water, and five minutes to spare.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1917 (page 8)

“T. J. Keegan Wounded. Ottawa, Ont., April 21st, 1917. Mrs. Ellen Keegan, 11 Corner Brook & King Sts., Belleville, Ont. Madam:—With sincere regret I beg to inform you that an official report has been received by cable from England to the effect that 636375 Pte. Thomas James Keegan, Canadian Expeditionary force, was admitted to No. 3 General Hospital, Boulogne, April 14th, 1917, suffering from a gunshot wound in face. I have the honor to be, Your obedient servant, Frank Beard, Record Office.”